Nicaraguan Group Launches HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign

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Arely Cano, president of the Nicaraguan HIV/AIDS association, on Mondayannounced that the group plans to launch a new campaign to fight thedisease in the country, Xinhua/People's Dailyreports. The campaign aims to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS inNicaragua and mobilize people to undergo testing and practice safe sex.Cano said results of a study showed that people living with HIV/AIDS inNicaragua are calling for more employment and more commitment from thegovernment and educators to address the problem.

"Young womenare the most affected" by HIV/AIDS, Cano said, adding, "Men tell womenthat if they have AIDS, it is the woman who gave it to him, or that itis proof she has been with another man. This violates women's rights."The study said that male infidelity is the most likely route of HIVtransmission to women. According to the association, there are 18,000to 20,000 HIV-positive people living in Nicaragua and 2,754 peopleliving with AIDS (Xinhua/People's Daily, 7/31).

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